Eleven William Floyd Middle School faculty and administrative staff members were recently honored at the inaugural “Recognition of Excellence” ceremony, an event designed to honor employees who inspire students to explore their surroundings, challenge their critical thinking skills and who make learning fun and exciting. The recognized individuals were each specially selected by an eighth-grade student for the tremendous impact they have made on their lives. The nominating students presented the recipients with a plaque as well as delivered a heartfelt speech, describing how much each person has meant to them.
The WFMS flute ensemble opened the ceremony with a wonderful performance, followed by welcoming remarks from principal Carolyn Schick and school counselor Allison Ravener, who thanked the employees for their tremendous dedication and hard work and the students for taking the time to write thoughtful essays. The WFMS select choir also performed beautifully for those in attendance.
The “Recognition of Excellence” award recipients and the nominees are: Debora-Ann Tomko nominated by Lindsay Rusakow; Michael Rivera nominated by Emma Olivieri; Richard Harris nominated by Carol Melendez; Keith Houghtaling nominated by Cassara Baggee; Gary LeMay nominated by Linda Lin; Janine Lehat nominated by Sia Minhas; John Rumpler nominated by Laiba Hameed; Timothy Kosta nominated by Raymond Lizzol; Paul Tolksdorf nominated by Juliana Bugnacki; Patricia Formato nominated by Jaelyn Ziegler; and Tara Ferraro nominated by Melissa Ryder.
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